Global standards – Reducing the cost of safety


The elimination of accidents and injuries related to the manufacture, distribution and use of industrial and medical gases, has been vigorously pursued for almost a century and this worldwide effort has been sponsored and led by organisations formed voluntarily within the industry.

Associations exist in most industrialised countries with the oldest by far being the Compressed Gas Association (CGA) of America, formed in 1913.

Gas manufacturers, together with producers of gas cylinders, regulators, valves and other gas supply and control equipment are eligible for membership. Affiliated associations in Europe, Britain, China, India, Australasia, Asia, Japan, South Africa and Korea all enjoy access to the CGA’s resources.

From the outset, technical standards and safe practices were seen as the keys to maintaining a safe industry. The knowledge and expertise available among the membership has enabled the industry to contribute in the formulation of legislation that regulates their operating environment. In no small measure this has ensured that unnecessary or inappropriate external controls are avoided and therefore helped to construct safe and efficient production systems at minimum cost.

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